Sprinkles & Secrets: Rosanne Parry’s Vanilla Gelato

Posted September 14, 2011 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment

For today’s countdown to Sprinkles & Secrets by Lisa Schroeder, we bring you a delicious treat from Rosanne Parry, author of Second Fiddle and other books for kids and teens.

About this recipe, she wrote:

When I lived in Germany I noticed that every ice cream parlor was operated by Italian immigrants. I became a big fan of gelato in my years there, so when my characters where feeling blue in Berlin, I sent them out for gelato and adventure followed! Here’s an easy gelato recipe.

Vanilla Gelato

2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1tsp. Vanilla


In a medium saucepan, mix milk and cream. Warm until foam forms around the edges. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until frothy. Gradually pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture gels slightly and coats the back of the spoon. If small egg lumps begin to show, remove from heat immediately.

Pour the mixture through a sieve or fine strainer into a bowl. Add vanilla. Stir. Cover, and chill for several hours or overnight.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a sealed container, and freeze until firm. If the gelato is too firm, place it in the refrigerator until it reaches the desired consistency.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, move the chilled gelato to the freezer and stir it every 10 minutes or so until it freezes to the consistency of ice cream.

Fresh fruit on top would be very traditional, or try chocolate chips or caramel sauce.

In this fast-paced tale of music, friendship and adventure, Rosanne Parry offers a sensitive portrayal of military families at a pivotal moment in history. Rosanne moved to Germany in the spring of 1990 just as the Berlin Wall was coming down. She ran away to Paris for one glorious weekend with her soldier husband, first-born baby and an enormous purple stroller. The three of them are best friends to this day. Rosanne is the author of Heart of a Shepherd, which has been honored as a Washington Post’s Best Kid’s Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year and a Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year. She also plays the violin for which she has never been honored with a prize of any kind. She now lives with her husband in a old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon, where they raise four children, three chickens, five kinds of fruit and their voices in the occasional song. Learn more on her website.

Sara | Novel Novice

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